Tape Loop Improvisations: Volume Fourteen, December 5th, 1988
by Herd Of The Ether Space
Throughout the 1980's, members of the Taped Rugs Productions family gathered in various groupings many times to create and record improvised avant garde music on a Frippertronics-style tape loop system. The recordings were saved; sometimes copies were made for the participants or for individual listeners, but no copies were made available to the general public until early 1989. That's when Charles Rice Goff III, Killr "Mark" Kaswan, and Robert Silverman actually came up with the name: HERD OF THE ETHER SPACE to refer to this loose-knit band of sonic explorers.
This archive series presents unaltered Herd Of The Ether Space tape loop improvisations from the 1980's in the chronological order in which they were created.
Recorded December 5th, 1988, in Oakland, California
Charles Rice Goff III: electronic guitar, modified digital keyboard, phonographs, tape manipulation, biofeedback generator, effects
All three of these tracks were released by Taped Rugs Productions on the cassette: "3 Of A Mind" in 1989. A jpeg image of the cover art for this cassette is included in this archive.
Good old Ralph Records used to hold garage sales from time to time in San Francisco to offer defective merchandise, promotional items, new products, etc. to fans of The Residents, Snakefinger, and the other various acts who appeared on the label. On December 5th, 1988, Goff, Kaswan, and Silverman made a pilgrimage to one such sale, then returned to the Taped Rugs studio in Oakland to listen to their new Ralph acquisitions and create some new recordings of their own. The dark and playful influences of Ralph Records can be heard in the three recordings from the session presented here.